If your goal is a smooth & satisfying installation, knowing what to expect can go a long way. Here’s a brief checklist of things to do or consider before your Carpet Factory installers arrive:
- We’ll determine in advance how to handle the removal & disposal of your existing floors.
- We’ll also determine in advance how your furniture will be moved. You should remove any fragile items, draperies, wall hangings & more as part of this process.
- Know that tile flooring should, in general, run parallel to windows or to the longest wall in a narrow room. We’ll follow this general rule by default barring unusual circumstances, but we’ll always ultimately align with your design preferences.
- We’ll measure your door clearances to determine if your new tile floors will be thicker than your existing floor, and whether this will cause your door bottoms to rub. If so, we may need to have your doors shaved down to allow damage-free clearance.
- If you’re planning to repaint your room or remodel any other aspects of your room, do so before new tile is installed. This will help to prevent drips & other damage to your floors.
With proper installation, your new tile floor will look good now & for many years to come. Our team will consider the following.
- Subfloor. Tile must be installed over a structurally sound, rigid, level, smooth, & clean subfloor. This is the most critical step in achieving a good installation. We may lay a cement backer board first.
- Installation. We’ll start by planning the tile layout with chalk-lines as a guide. We’ll then spread thin set mortar in small areas & place the tiles in it, using spacers between tiles so that they are evenly placed. After the mortar sets, grout is applied—sometimes the next day.
- Cleaning and curing. Our installers will carefully clean the tiles, ridding them of all grout. After the installation is complete, it’s necessary to stay off the floor for 24 – 48 hours to let it settle.
Check with our team to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation.